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P*ssing Match

March 31, 2009 | By exurbankevin | 1 Comment | Filed in: Kevin, space, Technology.

The International Space Station gets it’s own version of Jim Crow laws. Space officials from Russia, the United States and other countries required cosmonauts and astronauts to eat their own food and follow stringent rules on access to other facilities, including lavatories. The arguments date back to 2003, when Russia started charging other space agencies • Read More »

Loving them to death

March 31, 2009 | By exurbankevin | 2 Comments | Filed in: Kevin, Politics.

Well, euthanizing animals is sorta like treating them ethically. I guess. According to public records from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, PETA killed 2,124 pets last year and placed only seven in adoptive homes. Since 1998, a total of 21,339 dogs and cats have died at the hands of PETA workers. In • Read More »

Quote of the Day, 03/30 Edition

March 30, 2009 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Quote of the Day, 03/30 Edition | Filed in: Kevin, Politics, Quotes.

“If the last two months are any indication, Barack Obama is a better bowler than he is a president.” – James Hudnall

President Goodwrench.

March 30, 2009 | By admindude | 4 Comments | Filed in: Economics, Humor, Jon, Politics.

(Full story here.) UPDATE: A Corner-lanche from Jonah? And a Driscollanche? Note to our Web server – “gird your loins”! BTW, you can follow me on Twitter here: @ExurbanJon

Profile In Courage

March 30, 2009 | By admindude | Comments Off on Profile In Courage | Filed in: History, Kevin, Politics.

Grace under fire, indeed. Exit question: Does anyone think that our current President would be able to crack jokes like “Honey, I forgot to duck.”, “Please tell me you’re all Republicans.” and “All in all, I’d rather be in Philadelphia” after an attempt on his life?

Saturday Music Blogging – Martha and the Muffins

March 28, 2009 | By admindude | 1 Comment | Filed in: Canada, Kevin, Music.

Ahh, the joys of the CRTC “Canadian content” rule. A certain percentage of airtime each hour up north has to be “Canadian content”, which led to some good things and some very, very bad things. Martha and the Muffins was one of the good things.

Saturday Movie Blogging – Major League

March 28, 2009 | By admindude | Comments Off on Saturday Movie Blogging – Major League | Filed in: Kevin, Movies, Sports.

The screwball. The sequels stink, but the original is a nice reminder of when the Indians stunk up the cellar of the AL East. And yes, that is President David Palmer pumping iron.

Get on with your bad self

March 28, 2009 | By admindude | Comments Off on Get on with your bad self | Filed in: Humor, Kevin.

It gets a little lonely up in the Northern climes…

Quote of the Day, 03/27 Edition

March 28, 2009 | By admindude | Comments Off on Quote of the Day, 03/27 Edition | Filed in: Kevin, Quotes, Sports.

“Oakland A’s are baseball’s answer to The Island of Misfit Toys”. – Michael M. Lewis, in Moneyball Which, BTW, is one of the best books on baseball I’ve read in a while. Even if it is about the A’s.

Stealing time

March 27, 2009 | By admindude | 2 Comments | Filed in: Economics, Humor, Kevin, Politics.

This is why I don’t listen to NPR anymore: Let’s all of us citizens take a vow to not steal for one whole day. We already have a Smoke-Free Day, a Secretary’s Day, a Mother’s Day, a Grandmother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. Let’s have one more holiday: a Don’t Steal Anything Day. The benefits will • Read More »

Not quite a Top 100 List

March 26, 2009 | By admindude | Comments Off on Not quite a Top 100 List | Filed in: Kevin, Music.

InstaGlenn posted a link to “The Top 100 Indie Rock Albums”, and it’s (thankfully) grunge-free. While there are many, many great albums on that list, there’s a few glaring omissions like X and all of R.E.M.’s work on I.R.S. records. Plus this gives me a good excuse to post a Yo La Tengo video.

Scotland the Brave

March 25, 2009 | By admindude | 3 Comments | Filed in: History, Kevin.

706 years ago today. Ever since Braveheart, Robert The Bruce really needs a movie made about him that sets the record straight. He wasn’t the wishy-washy politician that Mel Gibson made him out to be. Now if only we can do something about them pesky English…

Busy

March 25, 2009 | By admindude | 2 Comments | Filed in: Kevin, Music.

Both Jon and myself are up to our armpits in our day jobs, so here’s a little music to tide you all over until the creative muse hits us and/or we get more free time.

They can have my copy of Tetris when they take it from my cold, dead hands!

March 23, 2009 | By admindude | 1 Comment | Filed in: Kevin, Law, MSM and New Media, Technology.

First it was Britain wanting to ban “violent” video games to cut down (no pun intended) on knife crime. Now, because of a recent mass shooting, the German Social Minister wants to ban “addictive” video games. The German Minister for Social Affairs in Lower Saxony, Mechthild Ross-Luttmann, says she will ask for an investigation into • Read More »

New Media Experienced

March 23, 2009 | By admindude | Comments Off on New Media Experienced | Filed in: Kevin, MSM and New Media, Politics.

The RNC has a new New Media guy, and it looks like a pretty good hire. Todd Herman, former Microsoft and MSNBC.com employee and streaming media expert, has been named the Director of New Media for the Republican National Committee. Herman founded and ran SpinSpotter, a startup that provides tools to detect spin in news • Read More »

Physician, (don’t) sweep thyself

March 23, 2009 | By admindude | Comments Off on Physician, (don’t) sweep thyself | Filed in: Guns, Kevin.

Robb, Tam and Caleb all coincidentally mentioned the bane of public ranges: The shooter who doesn’t know and/or follow the Three Rules of Gun Safety. To repeat: Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot Always keep your gun unloaded until you are • Read More »

A Glittering Cavalcade of (GOP) Stars

March 21, 2009 | By admindude | 6 Comments | Filed in: Arizona, Guns, Kevin, Law, Politics.

Look who’s coming to Phoenix in May: Sarah Palin Bobby Jindal Newt Gingrich Mitt Romney Mike Huckananny Huckabee Laura Ingraham Plus I expect Senators McCain and Kyl and all the usual GOP suspects from our state will make an appearance as well. With all of those people in attendance (and more!) I’d say the bloggers • Read More »

Saturday Movie Blogging – Bull Durham

March 21, 2009 | By admindude | Comments Off on Saturday Movie Blogging – Bull Durham | Filed in: Kevin, Movies, Sports.

The change-up. A break from the normal routine that’s very effective and blows right past you. “Know what the difference between hitting .250 and .300 is? It’s 25 hits. 25 hits in 500 at bats is 50 points, okay? There’s 6 months in a season, that’s about 25 weeks. That means if you get just • Read More »

Brawling alley

March 20, 2009 | By admindude | Comments Off on Brawling alley | Filed in: Humor, Kevin, Politics, Sports.

“Man loses tooth as bowlers brawl over etiquette” I guess Obama got off easy when he compared bowling to the Special Olympics.

Canadian Backbone

March 20, 2009 | By admindude | Comments Off on Canadian Backbone | Filed in: Canada, Politics, War On Terror.

Good to see that Canada still has some fight left in it, after the traveshamockery that was Mark Steyn’s “human rights” trial. The Canadian government is refusing entry to British MP George Galloway who, in addition to being a Saddam-loving anti-war activist, is also a financial supporter of Hamas, “a banned terrorist organization in Canada,” • Read More »

Six years ago yesterday

March 20, 2009 | By admindude | Comments Off on Six years ago yesterday | Filed in: Kevin, Military, War On Terror.

…Coalition Forces invaded Iraq. Today, it’s all over but the shouting. This civilian is grateful to all those serving in Iraq and anywhere else in the world. Come home safe, and may you come home victorious.

Job security

March 20, 2009 | By admindude | 1 Comment | Filed in: Economics, Education, Humor, Kevin, Politics.

Obama wants everyone to attend college. I think that’s a great idea. Go to college, study hard, and get your degree in Economics, because at this rate, when you graduate there will be a job waiting for you within the Treasury Department.

Equipoise. Or not.

March 20, 2009 | By admindude | Comments Off on Equipoise. Or not. | Filed in: Kevin, Law, MSM and New Media, War On Terror.

Consider the dichotomy: South African activist Stephen Biko dies under mysterious circumstances in a South African prison. Ronald Reagan reaches out with “constructive engagement” to the (then-bigoted) South African government And takes so much heat for it, he is forced to reverse his policies and join in with sanctions. South Africa’s government falls, and the • Read More »